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Horst L. Stormer, professor of physics at Columbia University and co-winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in physics, will be the keynote speaker April 6 for Portal to New Worlds: Annual Research Exposition at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

His lecture, "Small Wonders: The World of Nanoscience," will cap a day in the limelight for research being done by faculty and students at Old Dominion and Norfolk State. This will be the first joint research exposition for the universities. It begins at noon.

Stormer, a strong advocate of outreach education in science and engineering, has expertise in nanotechnology, smart materials and biomimetic devices. His lecture, from 5-6:30 in the center's Big Blue Room, will focus on the nanoscale and its potential to shape our technological future.

"Nano" means one billionth, so a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. One nanometer is just about five to 10 times the size of an atom. The nanoscale reaches from the measure of a few atoms to just about what we can see in a microscope. It is a minute reach, but, for scientists, it represents vast opportunities to measure and manipulate the building blocks of the universe.

Exposition exhibits will explain a wide array of research. Included will be displays about research in popular fields such as culture, business, investing, government and workplace behavior. There also will be exhibits of books and creative works, as well as performances of music and dance that showcase the artistic talent of faculty.

In addition to the displays and demonstrations in the center's arena and lobby, faculty panels will speak in meeting rooms from 12:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-4 p.m. on e-learning, advanced materials, science and engineering in Hampton Roads, and planning in Hampton Roads.

The panelists will include academic, business, industry, government and military representatives. A reception for all participants and exhibitors will be from 4-5 p.m. in the arena, and an awards ceremony with the keynote address will be from 5-6:30 in the Big Blue Room.

Stormer received his Ph.D. in 1977 and a year later became a member of the technical staff of Bell Labs (now of Lucent Technolo-gies) in the U.S. From 1983 to 1992 he headed the labs' semiconductor physics research department and was the director of Bell's Physical Research Laboratory. In 1997, Stormer became adjunct physics vice president at Bell Labs, as well as a professor at Columbia University.

Stormer and two other scientists shared the 1998 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of the fractional quantum Hall effect, which advanced the field of quantum mechanics.

This article was posted on: April 5, 2005

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